Body found in Hollenbeck Park lake may be female transient

Body found in lake
Authorities say a woman found Thursday dead in the Hollenbeck Park lake in Boyle Heights may have been a local transient.

A body found Thursday morning in the lake at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights appears to be that of a local female transient, authorities said.

Los Angeles police were called to East 4th Street and South Louis Street about 10:15 a.m. after a person walking on the path along the lake saw what appeared to be a person in the water, said LAPD Capt. Martin Baeza.

The woman, who was in her mid-30s, lived in an encampment in the park, Baeza said.

There were no visible signs of a struggle, and investigators have not ruled out a possible suicide or drug overdose. She was found partially clothed from the waistdown, and the rest of her clothing was discovered nearby, Baeza said.


A cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Authorities are attempting to locate the woman’s family.


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